Mr Lavender works as a specialist knee surgeon at the Spire hospital, Manchester, where he is also the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee.
Mr Lavender was first appointed as a consultant in 2002 at Scarborough General Hospital, North Yorkshire. There he developed a specialist knee service for the local population that had only previously been available over 50 miles away at a regional specialist centre.
In 2008 he moved to be part of the knee team at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport. This allowed him to develop his practice further in a unit that receives referrals from other hospitals throughout the North West of England. He worked there until 2019.
Mr Lavender undertakes all aspects of knee surgery. He treats soft tissue problems such as cartilage tears and ligament ruptures. He provides the full range of joint sparing and joint replacing operations for arthritis. He has recently been trained in robotically assisted joint replacement surgery, which aims to make knee replacements feel more “normal”.
Mr Lavender takes great pride in his work and is happy to publish his results. His revision rate for cemented total knee replacements 5 years after surgery is less than half the national average. His revision rate for unicompartmental knee replacements 5 years after surgery is also less than the national average. His Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) for knee replacements at Spire Manchester are 5 points better than the national average. The PROMS for Stepping Hill Hospital are one of the best in the country.